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MATTOON -- Nationally known crochet artist and instructor Gina Rose Gallina is scheduled to teach all-ages beginner and master crochet classes on March 16 in the Lone Elm Room at the Mattoon train depot.

Classes will be held in the morning. The afternoon will be devoted to "Gina’s Crochet Chat & Jam," where crocheters can work on their own projects or the fair’s project. Admission is free in the afternoon. Participants can register online for classes or download a registration form at

Event organizers reported in a press release that Gallina’s passion is creating crochet sculpture, costumes and "anything whimsical, colorful and challenging. Her bubbly personality makes learning crochet a fun and upbeat experience."

Gallina began crocheting at age 8 when her grandmother taught her to make hats for newborns, but she was not introduced to patterns until recent years.

"She honed her crocheting skills with nothing but her imagination and passion. This has helped her form her unconventional approach and find the perfect outlet for her creativity as an artist," the event organizers reported.

Gallina made her debut at Vogue Knitting Live in New York in January 2017 with her creation "The Queen Bee," a crocheted, bee-themed ball gown accompanied by crocheted flowers. She later collaborated with photographer Jeremy Mason McGraw to create crochet art for the "Yarnography, Imagining a Woven Reality" photography collection.

Lion Brand Yarn recently displayed Gallina's crochet creation, “Bee Rosey,” in the storefront window of its Manhattan office. The display featured large crocheted bees flying around large crocheted roses. Gallina lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with her husband, Dusty, and their dog, Boogie Mae.

More information about the artist is available at Her events in Mattoon will be presented by the Mattoon Arts Council, Coles County Arts Council and Auntie Industries.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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